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  • Sat 23 Sep 2017
  • Sat, September 23, 2017

Therapeutic Riding Proves More Than Horse Play

Parents and caretakers are almost unanimous – for those with disabilities, there’s something about horses. The relationships and bonds formed with the animals can be transformative. As Greg Mellen, The Orange County Register/TNS Reports: HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Eddie Brennan is all charged up. The hyper 4-year-old, who has autism, has already charged through a puddle, and writhes as his nanny struggles to remove his shoes and socks. But when Brennan climbs on the back of Kattie, a dark bay…

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Grief, Our Silent Companion

Caregivers often silently carry around with them the constant, heavy feeling of grief. Sometimes ashamed of it, we may hide it from others. Burying it as deeply as possible in the hopes that no one else will see. Your grief can feel like a nagging and confusing failure, compounding the sorrow inside of you, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You are doing the best you can with the information you have available to you. Cut yourself some slack. Just because…

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Veteran Suicide, Disorders & Conditions – Get and Find Help from NAMI

NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, covers a wide array of issues stemming from disorders, conditions and mental illness, including suicide.   Visit NAMI.org for more information or you can click on any of the conditions or disorders below the video to be directed to any of the specific pages on the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) website. According to NAMI as of this post, twenty-two veterans die by suicide each day. NAMI offers peer support, family education programs and policy…

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Here When You Need It

I wanted to create a place that felt more intimate.  I love the sharing, resources and information available on social media and I hope to continue using it as a powerful tool to gain and provide very useful information. I created Caboodle so that I could share the closeness, familiarity and camaraderie that I have enjoyed at meetings and make it available online, when being present in person is not an option. While Caboodle is no substitute for a face-to-face interaction, I’ve learned…

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Haircuts and the Spectrum

Haircuts are a unique challenge for our loved ones on the spectrum, which often makes it a daunting and dreaded task for the caregiver.   In our house, the haircuts are doled out by our loving and patient, Grammie, who just so happens to be a talented hair-stylist by trade.   The haircuts can take up to three days to complete but we are slowly closing that gap with lots of prep work, encouragement, communication and practice.  As far as haircuts…